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Belper residents encouraged to boost security following recent thefts

Posted on 2nd June 2015

Residents living in the Belper community are being encouraged to boost their security following recent burglaries.

Overnight between 4pm on Saturday, May 30 and 8.30pm on Sunday, May 31, cash was stolen from a store on King Street in Belper after offenders gained entry to the property.

Items of jewellery were stolen from a property on Marsh Lane in Belper after thieves forced open the rear door of the property. The incident is believed to have taken place sometime between 9am and 3,30pm on Tuesday, May 26.

Officers have also received reports of break-ins at properties on Lowlands Road and Sherbourne Drive over the last week.

Inspector Pat Howitt, who oversees policing across Amber Valley, said: "Along with carrying out increased patrols to deter criminals, we will also be speaking to residents about the steps that they can take to further protect their property against crime.

"There are many simple steps that can be taken to protect your property, such as ensuring that windows and doors are locked when leaving the property or going to bed, and keeping house and vehicle keys out of the lock and out of view.

"Residents are our eyes and ears in the community so we are asking for their assistance in reporting any suspicious people or vehicles to us so that we can stop a crime from happening."

Crime prevention advice for boosting your home security includes:

  • Ensure your property is fitted with locking windows and substantial locks on doors as this will deter criminals;
  • Keep doors and windows locked even if you are home - it only takes seconds for an opportunist burglar to get into your property;
  • Leave a light on if you are heading out and buy timer switches to turn lights on at a specific point;
  • Fit a burglar alarm and if you already have one, use it at all opportunities;
  • Mark your property with kit such as SmartWater and get bikes security marked, too;
  • Register valuables for free on the secure website immobilise.com, which helps police reunite recovered stolen items with their owners;
  • Be vigilant and report suspicious activity immediately to the police on 999 if a crime is in progress, 101 in a non-emergency or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, and follow the team on Twitter: @BelperTownSNT

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